XII. Graduate Awards & Financial Assistance

College of Arts Internal Awards

The University reserves the right to amend awards subject to the availability of funds.

Alastair J. Durie Research Travel Grant [T5975]
Established by Dr. Kevin James in honour of Alastair J. Durie, pre-eminent scholar of Scottish tourism history and valued advisor to Guelph MA students. Selection will be based on academic standing, a research statement indicating the relation of the trip to the project and feasibility of proposed budget relating to travel costs. Apply by February 1, to the graduate office in the Department of History and include a budget, description of the travel and a research statement indicating the relation of the trip to the project.
Donor(s):
Kevin James
Qualification(s): Students registered in any Master’s or Doctoral programs who are required to travel for research to access historical texts. Preference for students specializing in tourism history.
Amount: 1 award of $1,000
Alexander H. Brodie Memorial Award [T5008]
Application should be made to the Interdepartmental Committee on Scottish Studies.
Donor(s):
Friends of the late professor Alexander H. Brodie
Qualification(s): Full-time graduate MA (or, if none are eligible, PhD) student for thesis research overseas related to Scottish studies.
Amount: 1 award of up to $500
Betty King Memorial Graduate Scholarship [I5002]
This award commemorates the work of Betty King, a staff member in the former Department of English and the School of Literatures and Performance Studies in English from 1990 to 1998. Betty was particularly caring and helpful to graduate students in the College and significantly contributed to a supportive work environment for colleagues. The student assessed as having the highest academic performance (both in completed courses and in research progress to date) after the first two semesters of study in the program are completed, will be recommended by the SETS Graduate Awards Committee to the College of Arts Awards Committee. No application is required.
Donor(s):
Friends and colleagues of Betty King
Qualification(s): Currently registered full-time MA students in the School of English and Theatre Studies (SETS) who are entering the third semester of study will be considered if they have not received internal and/or external awards totalling $5000 or more during their first year of MA study.
Amount: 1 award of $500
Carole Stewart Arts Graduate Scholarship [E5911]
Established in recognition of Carole Stewart’s contributions to the College of Arts from 1966 to 2001, including terms as Chair of the Department of Philosophy, from 1985 to 1992, and Dean from 1993 to 2001.The award will be given based on highest academic average and will be rotated among programs in the following order: the School of Languages and Literatures, the School of Fine Art and Music, the Department of History, the Department of Philosophy and the School of English and Theatre Studies. No application is required.
Donor(s):
Friends and Colleagues of Carole Stewart
Qualification(s): Full-time students entering any graduate program offered by the College of Arts.
Amount: 1 award of $3,500
CFUW Guelph – Graduate Scholarship in Studio Art [I5653]
Established by the Canadian Federation of University Women – Guelph to assist women to obtain higher education. Applicants must submit portfolios to the Chair of the Fine Art & Music with a letter indicating the high school they attended by January 15th. Selection will be based on excellence in studio art and/or art history.
Donor(s):
Canadian Federation of University Women - Guelph
Qualification(s): Students registered in full-time studies in the Master of Fine Arts, Studio Art program. Preference will be given to a practicing female artist. Additional preference will be given to students who have graduated from a secondary school in Wellington County.
Amount: 1 award of $1,000
College of Arts Graduate Research Bursary [Z5700]
Apply by January 10 to Student Financial Services with a completed Financial Need Assessment Form and a letter outlining the importance of the proposed activity and the associated expenses to the Chair of the College of arts Awards Committee. The award may be divided between two students at the discretion of the Committee and may be awarded retroactively for travel in the previous semester. ACCESS AWARD.
Donor(s):
Supporters of the College of Arts with the aid of the Ontario government's OSOTF program
Qualification(s): Full-time graduate students with demonstrated financial need with costs associated with a special activity, such as research travel or conference attendance. Additionally, students must meet the government-mandated terms for receipt of an OSOTF award (see General Statements on Awards).
Amount: 1 award of $500
Connie Rooke Scholarship [E5116]
Selection will be based on demonstrated significant achievement in creative writing through submission of a portfolio to the Master of Fine Arts Creative Writing admissions committee. No application is necessary.
Donor(s):
University of Guelph
Qualification(s): Graduate students entering the MFA in Creative Writing Program.
Amount: various awards of $5,750 (payable over 3 semesters)
D. S. Wilson Entrance Scholarship [E5665]
This scholarship is awarded to the student who demonstrates high aacademic performance and overall academic merit as indicated by the student’s admission application. Applications for the Master of Theatre Studies Program will be considered as the application for this award. No application necessary.
Donor(s):
Dr. Ann Wilson
Qualification(s): Students entering the Master of English or Theatre Studies Program.
Amount: 1 award of $2,000
Department of History Graduate Essay Prizes [I5647]
Students do not apply; all theses and major papers will be considered. Instructors will nominate course essays. Prizes may not be given out in each category every year.
Donor(s):
Department of History
Qualification(s): Graduate students who have written (i) an outstanding thesis, (ii) an outstanding major paper, and (iii) an outstanding course essay during the preceding twelve months.
Amount: up to three awards of $100
Edward Stewart Scholarship in Scottish Studies. [I5014]
Selection will be based on highest cumulative average. Application is not required.
Donor(s):
Friends and family of the late Dr. Edward Stewart, former Deputy Minister of Education and Secretary of Cabinet in the Ontario Government, to honour his lifelong interests in higher education, Scottish culture and history.
Qualification(s): Graduate students registered in their first or second year in the field of Scottish Studies (M.A. or Ph.D. Programs in History) with a minimum cumulative average of 80% upon entry to the program or after the first year of study.
Amount: 1 award of $3,500
Edward Y. Morwick Graduate Scholarship in Creative Writing [E8011]
Edward Y. Morwick, honorary alumni, Barrister and Solicitor, of Hamilton, Ontario, created this scholarship to encourage and reward a student entering the Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing Program with high academic performance and who is dedicated to developing skills in the craft of creative writing. No application necessary.
Donor(s):
Edward Y. Morwick
Qualification(s): Graduate students entering the Master of Fine Arts Creative Writing Program.
Amount: 1 award of $7,000 (payable over 6 semesters)
Frank Watson Travel Scholarship [T5806]
Applicants will be eligible after the successful completion of their comprehensive examinations. Preference will be given to PhD students, but if no PhD students qualify, MA students with a minimum cumulative average of 80% (A-) will be considered. Selection will be based on relevance of intended travel to the student thesis work. Apply by February 1 for travel between April of current year and April of the following year to the Chair of Scottish Studies with an outline of the purpose and duration of travel to Scotland.
Donor(s):
Dr. Cecily Watson and the Scottish Studies Foundation
Qualification(s): MA and PhD students in the Scottish Studies Program who intend to visit Scotland for their thesis work.
Amount: 1 award of $1,000
Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry Scholarship [A5287]
Established in honour of Constance Rooke`s leadership of the MFA in Creative Writing program, by Scott Griffin, Chairman and founder of The Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry, to support students focusing their studies on poetry. Selection will be based on academic merit as determined by quality of the individual student’s admission application portfolio and/or academic performance in their first year of study.
Donor(s):
Scott Griffin
Qualification(s): Graduate students entering or registered in the Master of Fine Art in Creative Writing will be considered automatically for these awards.
Amount: 3 awards of up to $2,500
Helen O'Reilly History Scholarship [Z5928]
Established in honour of Helen O' Reilly, a mother who entered university as a mature student and went on to pursue graduate studies in history. Apply by January 10 to Student Financial Services with a completed Financial Need Assessment Form. ACCESS AWARD.
Donor(s):
The family of Helen O'Reilly with the aid of the Ontario Government's OSOTF program
Qualification(s): Graduate students registered with the Department of History with superior academic standing and demonstrated financial need. Additionally, students must meet the government-mandated terms for receipt of an OSOTF award (see General Statements on Awards).
Amount: 1 award of up to $1,000
Hisky Memorial Travel Grant [T5772]
This award is in honour of Lore and Bud Hisky who were founding members of the The Memphis Scottish Society I and the Wolf River Pipes and Drum Corps. Apply by February 1 for travel between April of current year and April of the following year to the Chair of Scottish Studies with an outline of the purpose and duration of travel to Scotland. Selection will be based on the excellence of the research project and relevance of intended travel to it.
Donor(s):
The Memphis Scottish Society
Qualification(s): Students who are writing a thesis or dissertation and planning to travel to Scotland or England to research topics related to Scottish History, Literature, Art, Language or Music or other specialties regarding Scotland with minimum average of 80% in the courses associated with the degree registered in. Preference will be given to a candidate in a PhD program.
Amount: 1 award of $1,500
International Emergency Medical Aid Assistance [B5200]
The University of Guelph provides support to International graduate students that are faced with unexpected, or unforeseen financial shortfalls due to a medical issue not covered by UHIP or the Student Dental/Medical insurance plans. Students should apply to the International Student Advisor, in the Centre for International Programs office, by completing an International Student Financial Need Assessment Form (N.A.F.) and submitting documentation to support the medical issue. These bursaries are awarded on an on-going basis.
Donor(s):
University of Guelph
Qualification(s): International students registered in a degree program and have completed a minimum 1.50 credits who have a medical emergency expenses not covered by UHIP or the Student Dental/Medical insurance plans and demonstrated financial need.
Amount: Several awards of varying amounts
Jane Nelson Stirling Cairns Grier Scholarship in Scottish Studies [I5017]
The scholarship has been established to encourage and support the study of Scottish History in Ontario, and particularly to recognize those students from other provinces who choose the University of Guelph for their graduate studies in Scottish History. No application is necessary.
Donor(s):
Ms. Jane Nelson Stirling Cairns Grier
Qualification(s): Students in first or second year of study in the field of Scottish Studies within the MA or PhD programs in History who demonstrates a keen interest in Scottish history and has a minimum academic standing of 80% upon entry to the program or after the first year of study.
Amount: 1 award of $1,000
John Black Graduate Travel Grant [T5649]
Established by friends and colleagues of John Black, Chief Librarian at Guelph (1984-95) and a founding faculty member (1966-95) in the Department of Political Studies. Selection will be based on academic standing, research potential and feasibility of proposed travel. Apply to the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies by October 17 using the John Black Graduate Travel Grant application. Applications may be submitted for future travel only and applications for previous travel will not be considered.
Donor(s):
Friends and Colleagues of John Black
Qualification(s): Master’s students with at least an “A-“average in the last 2 years, registered in a Political Science program (POLS/CCJP), the Capacity Development and Extension program, or the collaborative International Development Studies program (any department) in class level 1 to 3 at the time of application and who plan to travel to conduct thesis research, attend a conference, or take a course.
Amount: 1 award of $1,500
John Galt Scholarships [Z5706]
The John Galt Scholarships were established to attract the most promising graduate students to the MA and PhD programs in History. One scholarship of $3,000 will be awarding to a student registered in the MA or PHD program offered by the Department of History with greatest financial need. Preference will be given to students registered in their first year of the program. Apply by letter with a completed Need Assessment Form to Student Financial Services by January 10. ACCESS AWARD.
Donor(s):
The faculty of the Department of History with the aid of the Ontario government’s OSOTF program
Qualification(s): Students registered in the MA or PhD program offered by the Department of History.Financial need has been demonstrated as determined by the University of Guelph Needs Assessment procedures. Additionally, students must meet the government-mandated terms for receipt of an OSOTF award (see General Statements on Awards).
Amount: 1 award of $3,000
Lambda Foundation Scholarship in LBGT Studies [I5033]
This scholarship has been provided to encourage research on the subject of lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgendered (LBGT) peoples. The scholarship is based upon areas of research pertaining to the history, contributions, and issues by or about LBGT peoples. Preference will be given to an applicant who is involved in the LBGT community as demonstrated by a record of volunteer activities, active civil society memberships, or as attested by a letter of recommendation from a community group, or as evidenced by related previous academic pursuits. Projects must have been completed or research proposals accepted within the past calendar year. Apply to the Dean of Arts by December 15 including the research proposal or completed project, curriculum vitae, and any supporting letters referencing involvement in the LBGT community and/or faculty support. This scholarship may be held by a student only once.
Donor(s):
The Lambda Foundation/Fondation Lambda, along with other donors.
Qualification(s): Students enrolled in a graduate program with a thesis, a research proposal, essay, independent research project or course work programs pertaining to LBGT studies, as broadly defined by the applicant.
Amount: 1 award of $1,000
Lin Coburn Memorial Graduate Scholarship [Z5933]
The School of English and Theatre Studies Awards Committee will review applications received from Student Financial Services and contact selected applicants for copies of their academic portfolios, including but not limited to reviews of grades in courses completed to date, essays and papers submitted for those courses etc. Selection criteria include financial need for the first year of doctoral study and all academic performance in the previous degree of study. Students may hold the award only once. Apply by January 10 to Student Financial Services with a completed Financial Need Assessment Form and a letter (maximum of two pages), expressing interest in the award and listing any essays and/or other written materials from courses completed in the previous degree of study. ACCESS AWARD.
Donor(s):
The family, colleagues and friends of Lin Coburn with the assistance of the Ontario government's OSOTF program
Qualification(s): Students registered in the MFA Creative Writing or MA in English. Additionally, students must meet the government-mandated terms for receipt of an OSOTF award (see General Statements on Awards).
Amount: 1 award of $4,000
Margaret Priest Graduate Scholarship [E8008]
This scholarship is provided to a student entering the Master of Fine Art program with demonstrated exceptional studio work (drawing and architecture) as evidenced by portfolio submitted with application to the Master of Fine Art program.. No award application is necessary.
Donor(s):
Margaret Priest, University of Guelph Professor Emerita and accomplished artist
Qualification(s): Graduate student entering the Master of Fine Art program with a minimum cumulative academic standing of 80%.
Amount: 1 award of $3,000
McClelland & Stewart Scholarship [I5356]
The recipient will be selected on work to date and anticipated major project. No application is required.
Donor(s):
McClelland & Stewart Ltd.
Qualification(s): Awarded to a full-time graduate student registered in the MFA Creative Writing Program.
Amount: 1 award of $2,500
Nancy Bailey Graduate Teaching Prize [I5667]
Established In honour of retired Prof. Nancy Bailey in recognition of her excellence as a teacher. No application is necessary.
Donor(s):
Department of English
Qualification(s): Students registered in a program offered by the School of English and Theatre Studies who provided teaching assistance in the previous winter, spring and/or fall semesters.
Amount: 1 award of $100
Paul M. Waters Memorial Scholarship [I5174]
Graduate students currently enrolled in the Department of English should submit their nomination to the chair, Department of English. Selection of the winner will be made by the College of Arts awards committee and the dean of Graduate Studies.
Donor(s):
The Paul M. Waters family, in honour of Paul Waters (MA '89)
Qualification(s): Graduate student who has completed two semesters in the English MA program and who has gained the respect of fellow graduate students both by demonstrating a high level of commitment to academic and community activities and by a light-hearted perspective toward all endeavours.
Amount: 1 award of $650
Peggy A. Pritchard and Dr. Andrew M. Kropinski Graduate Bursary [B5967]
Established by Peggy A. Pritchard and her husband, Dr. Andrew M. Kropinski, upon Ms. Pritchard's retirement from the University of Guelph in 2016. Apply to the International Student Advisor with a completed International Graduate Student Financial Need Assessment Form (NAF).
Donor(s):
Peggy Pritchard and Andrew Kropinski
Qualification(s): International graduate students from a developing country (as defined by CIDA Canadian International Development Agency) who demonstrate financial need with a preference given to female students.
Amount: 1 award of $2,000
Robert Carr-Wiggin Prize [I5673]
Established in memory of Robert Carr-Wiggin, one of the first students to graduate from the PhD program in Philosophy. Awarded to to a student in philosophy for the best paper that has been submitted to either a scholarly journal or a scholarly conference during the preceding year. Applicants must submit, to the Chair of the Philosophy Department, a copy of the paper, accompanied by a copy of the acceptance letter from the journal or conference; only one paper may be submitted by an applicant for consideration each May 1; the paper must have been accepted by the journal or conference during the previous twelve months. The award may not be given out each year. Selection is by the college awards committee on recommendation from the department awards committee; presentation is at the College of Arts awards luncheon each year.
Donor(s):
Guelph Philosophical Society
Qualification(s): Full and part-time philosophy graduate students registered beyond the first semester of study.
Amount: 1 award of $200
Ruth and Eber Pollard Doctoral Scholarships in History [E5677]
Ruth and Eber Pollard were passionate supporters of Canadian history research and in their estate they endowed funds to establish the Pollard Doctoral Scholarships in History. Preference will be given to students studying Canadian history. Selection will be based on high academic achievement and research performance, as demonstrated by transcripts, publication record and participation in scholarly activities such as conferences and symposia. No application is necessary.
Donor(s):
The Estate of the late Ruth and Eber Pollard
Qualification(s): Students entering full-time doctoral study in History in May, September or January following the deadline date with a minimum cumulative average of 80% over their graduate studies.
Amount: 2 awards of $10,500 (payable over 3 semesters of study)
Shuebrook Graduate Scholarship [Z5916]
This award was established in honour of Ron Shuebrook, Chair in the Department of Fine Art 1988 to 1993 and past Graduate Coordinator of the MFA program. This award was created to celebrate his passionate commitment and devotion to the development and well-being of the School of Fine Art and Music. Apply to Student Financial Services by January 10 with a completed Financial Need Assessment Form (N.A.F.). Students will be considered for this award automatically once a N.A.F has been submitted by the deadline date. ACCESS AWARD.
Donor(s):
Established by the colleagues and friends of Dr. Ron Shuebrook with the aid of the Ontario government's OSOTF program
Qualification(s): Students registered in the MFA program with demonstrated financial need. Additionally, students must meet the government-mandated terms for receipt of an OSOTF award (see General Statements on Awards).
Amount: 1 award of $750
St Andrew's Society of Montreal Research Travel Grant in Scottish Studies [T5100]
Preference will be given to students from Quebec. Applications should be made to the Scottish Studies Foundation Chair by February 1st detailing the research plan, itinerary and costs. Upon completion of the research trip, a report must be submitted to the St Andrew's Society of Montreal for publication in their newsletter.
Donor(s):
The St Andrew's Society of Montreal
Qualification(s): Graduate students studying in the field of Scottish Studies to undertake a research trip to Scotland.
Amount: 1 award of $2,000
St. Andrew’s Society of Toronto Travel Grant [T5972]
Submit a research plan, itinerary and travel costs to the Chair of Scottish Studies by February 1st. Upon completion of the research trip, St. Andrew’s Society of Toronto may invite the recipient of the travel grant to deliver a short talk relating to research undertaken at St. Andrew’s Society of Toronto members meeting.
Donor(s):
St. Andrew’s Society of Toronto
Qualification(s): Students studying in the field of Scottish Studies who are planning to travel for research purposes related to their program of study.
Amount: 1 award of $1,200
Ted Cowan Scholarship [T5650]
Awarded in even numbered years to support research travel for a Guelph student in Scottish studies. Prof. Cowan, for many years chair of Scottish studies in the Department of History, made major contributions to raising the awareness of Scottish studies both in the academic world and among the public as a whole. Submit an application, including proposed research trip budget and statement of research plan, to the graduate coordinator of the department of registration. Preference will be given to PhD students.
Donor(s):
Private donations and a grant from the Scottish Studies Foundation
Qualification(s): Scottish Studies PhD students who have completed or anticipate completing their qualifying examination, and MA students who have completed two semesters.
Amount: 1 award of $500
Tony Scherman Graduate Scholarship [E8007]
Graduate students with a minimum cumulative academic standing of 80% and demonstrated exceptional studio work (specifically in painting) as evidenced by a portfolio submitted with application to the Master of Fine Art program. Application is not required.
Donor(s):
Tony Scherman, Adjunct Professor of Fine Art, friend of the University and accomplished artist
Qualification(s): Graduate students entering the Master of Fine Art program.
Amount: 1 award of $2,000
TransCanada Institute Graduate Essay Prize [I5296]
Established in recognition of research excellence. Selection will be made based on the qualify of an essay as demonstrated by its original and methodological treatment of its subject and submitted by the student's graduate adviser or graduate instructor. Submission should be forwarded in writing to the Dean of Arts by April 30 by a student's graduate instructor or supervisor along with three copies of the chosen essay.
Donor(s):
TransCanada Institute
Qualification(s): Graduate students registered in SETS who have submitted an essay which investigates postcolonial and diaspora theories, especially in relation to, though not exclusively about, Canadian literature.
Amount: 1 award of $500
Tri-University Doctoral Program Annual Prize for the Best Historiographical Paper [I5674]
This prize will be awarded each fall to the graduate student in the Tri-University doctoral program in History who has authored the highest quality historiographical paper submitted in a Tri-university seminar during the previous Fall, Winter, or Spring semesters. The selection committee may decide not to give the award in any year where, in the committee's judgement, there is not a paper of sufficiently high quality. Selection will be made by the Program Coordinating Committee.
Donor(s):
The Tri-University Doctoral Program in History
Qualification(s): For a graduate student in the Tri-University doctoral program in History.
Amount: 1 award of $100
Tri-University Doctoral Program Annual Prize for the Best Scholarly Paper or Article [I5675]
Apply to the Chair, Department of History, by September 1, submitting a copy of the paper or article and proof of its submission to a journal or conference. Selection will be made by the Program Coordinating Committee.
Donor(s):
Tri-University Doctoral Program in History
Qualification(s): Awarded to a graduate student in the Tri-University Program in History who has authored the best scholarly paper or article submitted for consideration by a conference or journal during the preceding academic year.
Amount: 1 award of $100
University Graduate Scholarship (COA) [I5766]
Awarded to students showing outstanding academic performance. Departments will nominate students to the College Awards Committee on the basis of research performance/potential, including progress in the program of study. Application is not required.
Donor(s):
University of Guelph
Qualification(s): Registered masters students up to their 6th semester and doctoral students up to their 12th semester or students who transfer from masters to doctoral up to their 15th semester, with a minimum of 75% average in the last year of full-time study, or equivalent.
Amount: Numerous awards of varying amounts from $500 to $20,000
William and Nona Heaslip Graduate Bursary [Z5941]
Apply by January 10 by submitting a Financial Need Assessment Form to Student Financial Services and include a thesis summary. Selection will be based on the student who demonstrated the greatest financial need. ACCESS AWARD.
Donor(s):
Nona Heaslip with the aid of the Ontario government’s OSOTF program
Qualification(s): Students registered in the MA or PhD program in History with demonstrated financial need. Additionally, students must meet the government-mandated terms for receipt of an OSOTF/OTSS award. Preference will be given to a student whose primary research is on Rural History.
Amount: 1 award of $5,000
William Hughes Memorial Scholarship in Philosophy [E8001]
Professor Hughes was the founding member of the Philosophy Department at the University of Guelph, a professor from 1965 until his retirement in 1997. Selection will be made on the basis of the student's admission application materials and high academic standing. Application is not required.
Donor(s):
Friends and family of the late Professor William (Bill) Hughes
Qualification(s): Graduate students entering the PhD program in Philosophy.
Amount: 1 award of $1,000
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